Oeuf's Fawn system converts from a bassinet on wheels to a full-sized crib

by 04/20/15   filed under: eco decor, green baby, green baby gifts, kids furniture

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Shopping for sleeping arrangements that accommodate both a newborn and a toddler can be challenging, but Oeuf’s new Fawn crib and bassinet system offers an eco-friendly and stylish solution. This compact combo is made in an FSC-certified facility using eco-MDF (medium density fiberboard) and Baltic birch plywood and finished with non-toxic, water-based finishes that are free of VOCs. The set comes complete with a conversion kit so you can change the bassinet-on-wheels into a full-sized crib. Bonus: you can also purchase an additional conversion kit to transform the crib into a toddler bed, minimizing your carbon footprint (as well as  stretching your budget) even further. Available in white and birch or grey and birch, the gender-neutral Fawn collection is modern yet versatile enough to fit in with any nursery room decor and can accompany your growing child through all his/her early stages.

+ Fawn Crib and Bassinet System $1,100

 

The Shoe That Grows expands five sizes to protect impoverished children's feet for at least five years

by 04/20/15   filed under: humanitarian design, kid friendly

Children in impoverished countries may never go barefoot again, thanks to The Shoe That Grows. Created by inventor Kenton Lee, the incredible sandal shoe can be adjusted every time a child’s foot grows, extending five sizes larger. With these durable, growable shoes, children will be protected from injury and parasites picked up through bare feet.

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Disney's 3D printer prototype creates soft, cuddly creations out of layered fabric

by 04/20/15   filed under: gadget, news

3D printers are all the rage, creating everything from prosthetic arms to 3D versions of your child’s drawings. Leave it to Disney (and their collaborators at Cornell and Carnegie Mellon) to put a twist on the 3D printing game by building a 3D printer that uses fabric as a soft building alternative to plastic. The technique is pretty cool: the creations are built from pieces of adhesive felt which are laser cut and then assembled layer by layer using heat to fuse the pieces together. The extra supportive fabric material is pulled away at the end of the printing process to reveal the finished, flexible fabric product (watch the video above: the process reminds us a little of the Michelangelo quote about creating his famous David sculpture: “I just chipped away everything that did not look like David”). Although the printer is meant to be used for Disney’s own purposes and is unlikely to be mass-produced, we can only imagine the dozens of Frozen-themed toy prototypes that will be created on it that will become must-have’s on our children’s wish lists by the next holiday season.

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Boon's Water Pipes will delight tots during bath time

by 04/19/15   filed under: green baby, green toys

Just when you thought leaky pipes in the bathroom meant bad news, Boon introduces a full set of water pipes that offer nothing but fun. This cool bath toy set includes 5 colorful pipes featuring unique shapes and functions that suction right to your bathtub wall, giving tots a super fun scooping and pouring extravaganza. The pipes can be used individually or linked together to create one massive pipe and like other Boon products are BPA-free. Perfect for toddlers who do (or don’t) love hopping into the tub, this toy set will entertain and teach little ones about cause and effect as they pour the water in and watch it flow out. Recommended for kids ages 12 months and up.

RELATED | Innovative Boon Naked Baby Bathtub is Collapsible

+ Pipes $17.99

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PlanToys' Build A Zoo is a block set/matching game hybrid toy

by 04/18/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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PlanToys’ colorful zoo blocks enable your child to have fun and develop fine motor skills and his imagination in the process. Little ones can build their own block zoo, then match each animal into its proper place. This cool block/matching game hybrid also reinforces color recognition and counting. The set consists of 16 wooden plank block pieces and five small animal friends, all made with sustainable rubberwood that’s coated with a non-toxic finish made of vegetable dye. Recommended for ages 3 years and up.

RELATED | Kids Can Build Life-Sized Wooden Structures with ImagiPlanks

+ Build A Zoo $15.00

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Grow a Garden felt veggie kit is a bountiful toy for budding gardeners

by 04/17/15   filed under: eco play, green kids, green toys

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This absolutely beautiful Grow a Garden Felt Veggie Kit is handmade with 100% pure wool felt and comes with everything needed to encourage a love of gardening and imagination in your child. This lovely toy includes a whopping 36 individual wool felt vegetables that can be planted into the also included, felt garden bed box. Your child can then harvest her veggies, use them to whip up veggie meals in her play kitchen and then re-plant them so that the fun starts all over again. The wool felt planting box also serves as storage for all the veggies when this toy is not in use. The veggies included are 3 white radishes, 3 turnips, 3 red radishes, 3 red onions, 3 pumpkins, 3 lettuces, 3 garlic, 3 carrots, 3 cauliflower, 3 beetroot, 3 brown onions and 3 cabbages. Each piece of felt food is designed and made locally in Nepal and contains zero synthetic fillings.

+ Grow a Garden Felt Veggie Kit $199.95 (AUD)

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Help bring back the bees by growing a rainbow of wildflowers with Seedles' seedballs

by 04/17/15   filed under: gardening, green design, green gifts, kid friendly

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Did you know that bees pollinate one out of every three bites that we eat? Honeybee populations are troubled, which could spell disaster for the food supply. One Bay Area social entrepreneur, environmentalist, and Dad has created a simple solution that is sure to brighten and beautify the future: Seedles. Seedles, which are seedballs comprised of clay, compost, native & GMO-free seeds, natural pigments, and water, are brilliantly beautiful and a fun way to promote a sustainable food future. Seedles wants to make helping the environment as easy as possible, so they designed their seedballs to simply grow and root into the soil after it rains; you can literally throw them and grow them.  Each Seedle can grow between five and ten wildflowers, so kids will love being able to see their part in helping to “grow the rainbow.” These easy-to-spread seedballs are genius, and we especially love the fact that Seedles are packaged according to region, so your Seedles packet will only include wildflowers native to your area.

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6 superfood smoothie recipes your whole family will love

by 04/17/15   filed under: food, green family, green kids, health & body, healthy recipe, kids health, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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C-section rate in the United States is DOUBLE what is recommended by the World Health Organization

C-section rate in the United States is DOUBLE what is recommended by the World Health Organization

Compared to Brazilians, who clock in at a Caesarean section rate of 52%, the American C-section rate of 32.7% might not seem so high. However, the U.S. percentage is currently double…

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Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Thus far, information about the association between maternal diabetes and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been limited, so recently a group of researchers decided to find out…

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Philips "Light up the Dark" experiment enables Swedish children to reap the benefits of playing outdoors on the darkest days of winter

Philips "Light up the Dark" experiment enables Swedish children to reap the benefits of playing outdoors on the darkest days of winter

In an effort to tear kids away from their television screens and video games and to head outdoors during the short, dark days of winter, lighting leader Philips embarked on an…

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Love Mae's biodegradable, bamboo dinnerware sets feature charming animals from farm to forest

Love Mae's biodegradable, bamboo dinnerware sets feature charming animals from farm to forest

Biodegradable, bamboo serving sets that feature adorable hand-drawn creatures with stylish and sweet details? We (and our little eaters) are in green design heaven! Etsy store Love…

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HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

1. Gather the ingredients yamani rice a bunch of pak choi a couple of mushrooms 1 large carrot a bunch of fresh parsley sesame seeds sesame oil soy sauce extra virgin olive…

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7 of the world's most unique playgrounds!

7 of the world's most unique playgrounds!

1. The Fruit & Scent Playground – Sweden According to a study by Karolinska University Hospital, obesity among seven year-olds in Stockholm has increased from 8.5% to 21%…

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HOW TO: Grow a lemon tree from a lemon seed

HOW TO: Grow a lemon tree from a lemon seed

TweetEmailHere’s a fun spring time project you can do with your kids to connect them to nature and teach them a bit about how food is grown. Growing a lemon tree from…

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Musician visits children's hospitals to teach kids to play the ukulele for happiness and healing

Musician visits children's hospitals to teach kids to play the ukulele for happiness and healing

TweetEmailGuitarist Corey Bergman is bringing happiness and inner healing to kids in hospitals around the country, thanks to his nonprofit the Ukulele Kids Club. Using music to…

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Is free range parenting a crime?

Is free range parenting a crime?

TweetEmailA Maryland family is gaining national attention after the parents, Danielle and Sasha Meitiv, allowed their two children, 10 year-old Rafi and his 6 year-old sister,…

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Outdoor wooden rocking animals are playful and elegant

Outdoor wooden rocking animals are playful and elegant

While growing up in Singapore in the 1970s, designer Chan Wai Lim spent a lot of time playing with farm animals as well as wooden toys. She combined these two nostalgic elements of her…

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